Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora (chinensis x uniflora)
Caprifoliacea
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Abelia Whole Plant
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Abelia Bark
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Abelia Leaves
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Abelia Flower

Monocot or Dicot:

dicot

Size:

3ft-6ft tall
3ft-6ft wide

Identifying Features:

shape: semi-evergreen (decidious) rounded shrub
leaves: opposite simple glossy green
branches: arching, multistemmed
bark: thin, grey, peeling
flowers: pink, tubular

Location/Habitat:

climate: warm temperate
soil: acidic to neutral well-drained rich
areas in U.S.: zones 5-9 (west, midwest, south, parts of east)
hybrid (Abelia x grandiflora) originated from Italy
Abelia chinensis orginated from China
Abelia uniflora orginated from China

Flower/Fruit/Reproduction:

flowers: terminal clusters of small fragrant funnel-shaped flowers (free flowering)
flower size: 0.75''-1''
color: white, light pink-lavender
bloom time: May-September
fruit: inconspicuous, tan color, dry/hard, less than 0.5 '' long

Water/Sun Requirements:

Sun: full sun to partial shade
Water: medium wet, drought tolerant (can water once 2-3 weeks)
Frost tolerance: hardy to -15 degrees C (5 degrees F)

Special Adaptations:

growth rate: fast growth rate
flowers attract butterflies
easily transplanted

Other Info:

good for foundation planting or as hedges
propogation: cutttings
relatively resistant to diseases

Reference Sources/Links:

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/EDISImagePage?imageID=1051569377&dlNumber=FP001&tag=FIGURE%202&credits
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FP001
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/3 http://arborday.net/trees/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm?ID=22168/
http://www.wildchicken.com/nature/garden/nature_200_015.htm
http://www.herbarium.lsu.edu/search.php?searchtype=species&category=dicot&family=Caprifoliaceae&genus=Abelia
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ABGR4
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/abelia
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/shrubs/abelia_xgrandiflora.html
http://florawww.eeb.uconn.edu/acc_num/198501275.html
http://www.gardening.eu/plants/Shrubs/Abelia/967/
.http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/Plant.asp?code=A930
Created by Ting-Ting L. 2007